Hazardous wastes (81 - 90 of 155 items)
Waste Minimization: EPA Data Are Severely Flawed
PEMD-91-21: Published: Aug 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Survey of Hazardous Waste Generators (NSHWG) data, focusing on data quality problems.GAO found that: (1) EPA initially developed three national data sets to provide information about industry's progress in minimizing hazardous waste, but two sets failed to adequately integrate the data, making NS...
Hazardous Waste: Data Management Problems Delay EPA's Assessment of Minimization Efforts
RCED-91-131: Published: Jun 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to develop baseline and trend data to measure its progress in minimizing hazardous waste generation.GAO found that: (1) EPA underestimated the complexity of developing baseline minimization data; (2) staffing and funding constraints and competing priorities limited EPA efforts to obtain minimizati...
Nuclear Health and Safety: Environmental Problems at DOE's Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
RCED-91-56: Published: Feb 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated environmental problems at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), focusing on: (1) the environmental impact of those problems and their impact on DOE operations; and (2) difficulties DOE encountered in managing the site's environmental problems.GAO found that: (1) underground pipes and tanks used to transfer...
Nuclear Waste: Issues Affecting Land Withdrawal of DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Project
T-RCED-91-38: Published: Apr 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). GAO noted that: (1) by fiscal year (FY) 1997, DOE plans to determine whether WIPP meets the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards for disposal of transuranic waste in repositories and plans to obtain a variance or exception from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); (2) DOE postponed plans t...
Hazardous Waste: Pollution Claims Experience of Property/Casualty Insurers
RCED-91-59: Published: Feb 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed the potential liability of 13 property and casualty insurers for costs of cleaning up hazardous waste sites or for reimbursing the government for its cleanup of the sites.GAO found that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified 1,200 sites as eligible for long-term, permanent cleanup under the Superfund program; (2) 9 of 13 insurers...
Hazardous Waste: Efforts to Address Problems at Federal Prisons
RCED-90-212: Published: Aug 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about the Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) efforts to resolve weaknesses in its management of hazardous materials and wastes, focusing on BOP: (1) assessment and cleanup of prison dump sites containing hazardous wastes; and (2) projects involving the removal or abatement of asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) from prison facilities.GAO...
Potential Liability of Property/Casualty Insurers for Costs of Cleaning Up Hazardous Waste Sites
T-RCED-90-109: Published: Sep 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1990.
GAO discussed the property and casualty insurance industry's potential liability for costs to clean up the nation's hazardous waste sites, especially Superfund sites. GAO noted that: (1) there are about 1,200 sites on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List for Superfund cleanup; (2) parties responsible for contaminating the sites were primarily liable for cleanup, and Super...
Coast Guard: Additional Efforts Needed to Clean Up Hazardous Waste Sites
RCED-90-164: Published: Jul 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Coast Guard's progress in carrying out its statutory environmental responsibilities.GAO found that: (1) since 1987, the Coast Guard has identified many additional potential hazardous waste locations; (2) the Coast Guard estimated that of the 20 locations requiring cleanup, relatively minor action at 16 locations will cost about $...
Nuclear Waste: Information on DOE's Interim Transuranic Waste Storage Facilities
RCED-90-166: Published: Jun 8, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) remaining transuranic (TRU) waste storage capacity at Department of Energy (DOE) interim storage sites and projected dates when capacity will be exceeded; (2) statutory or administrative provisions limiting the amount of waste DOE could store at interim storage sites; and (3) planned alternatives to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for s...
Department of Defense Management of Hazardous Materials
T-NSIAD-90-51: Published: Jun 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1990.
GAO discussed the Army's use of Decontamination Solution 2 (DS2). GAO found that: (1) less toxic substitutes for DS2 are available and are being used by the Air Force and the Navy; (2) the Army's storage facilities for DS2 did not comply with regulations; and (3) the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) was selling excess DS2 to the public without providing information on potential dangers and the safet...